@DForck42 I have some thoughts on the matter, some positive and some negative. If we try a challenge, it needs to be early, while folks are still excited about the site. At the same time, I'd be reluctant to suggest starting it during private beta, so folks who join later won't miss out on the original discussion.
@HDE226868 Your last 3 points are quite interesting, since they were pretty much the reason I asked this related question about Death on the Nile (although Captain Hastings' purpose was fulfilled by another character there).
Last week saw the release of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, a spin-off from the popular series of Harry Potter films and itself starting a new series of films in the Harry Potter universe. So due to popular demand we're starting a new topic challenge. From 2016-11-21 00:00 UTC to 2016-1...
This is the twenty-fifth instalment of the Fortnightly Topic Challenge described here, with topics suggested and voted on here. This fortnight's topic is wordplay(suggested by Beastly Gerbil), and will span from the the 23rd of January to the 5th of February. During this period, we will compile t...
@Randal'Thor I used to do that in the past. I have stopped with that practice for over a year now (if not two), though, realizing my error. But I don't want to run around and bump all my posts just for fixing that. I try to fix it whenever I get the chance, though.
@DForck42 With those current-event based challenges it's really hard to know the difference between genuine challenge questions and ones that just come from naturally high traffic due to a new release.
I was unhappy with it. Anyway, I was unsure of my answer-as-comment, and I posted it as an answer against my better judgement. I don't think it's salvageable, and in any case I might be wrong. There's no point in sweating a possibly erroneous answer about Enid Blyton, imo.
@HDE226868 I was hoping they'd be! It's both a hard problem to reduce into a few sentences, and a difficult one to analyze since I... sort of stopped following Worldbuilding. (Not because of this; just a time thing.)
On scifi an expert is mostly somebody who can use a wikia. On DIY it's a broad shallow proficiency with fixing things. On RPG you're an expert in whatever you've got experience with but not so much other things.
Worldbuilding lost me because answerers refused to take meta-level requirements seriously--that is, considerations about the constraints of the story or medium which make it world building rather than mere speculative science.
@HDE226868 Pushing for expert-level content is a slow and length process. On Puzzling, it was achieved mostly through continuously asking the question, "how could this be better?" while voting non-judgmentally if it isn't quite there yet.
In the book I, Robot by Isaac Asimov, the author wrote several short stories, all usually revolving about robots of different types. It's possible to interpret the short stories with many different themes.
What is Isaac Asimov's intended central theme to connect all of the short stories in the ...
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It seems like answers are leaning toward "stay Literature, and learn how to do Literature." But it's hard to tell; existing answers aren't making it very clear beyond an ambiguous "let's learn to do something better."
I think, and correct me if I'm wrong, what you guys are saying is that we should ignore the question of what an "expert" in literature is or does, and just work toward establishing a culture of positive encouragement for deepening literary understanding.
While probably true, the notion that we're all a bunch of amateurs because we don't know what the word "critical lense" really entails, was a little disheartening. I'm glad the majority of those meta posts set that straight rather eloquently.
@HDE226868 Then I think that's an answer within the frame of the question, and it's one I can get behind. If we can establish that we are looking for depth and breadth in understanding of literature, and work toward that goal... and that's a good way of looking at things.
@Emrakul I think that may be where I differ from @Randal'Thor and Robert insofar as I do think that it's desirable to have people who really know a lot about Literature. But I think that by bumbling our way along, then if we stick with it, we can get there and beyond.
For what it's worth, I wrote three separate answers to the question, all saying different things, and that was what resounded with me the most.
On the one hand, I really, really, want high-level content. On the other hand, I don't care who's answering my questions, so long as they know what they're talking about in the case of the topic we're dealing with. On Zaphod's third hand - the point which I eventually stuck in my answer - I think Stack Exchange can grow its own experts and expert content, in a way - enough that it all works.